I don’t know, but whenever I see this photograph ( from Pinterest), I hear an inner voice chanting ‘The Realization’.
I woke up this evening after quite a ‘dream’ – a lucid one. The vividness of it baffles me, but a immense break from this Reality is was – like a free ground to experiment with Art and Emotion. A training ground a lucid dream is to me.
I place the background, the foreground – balance the abstract qualities in it as I please.
And then – commit it to memory and hope to show it to others with my trusty paints and the canvas. Just eager to bridge the gap – the gap between reality and my mind.
When I was younger ( 15 -16?), and didn’t really take art and the ‘enthusiasm’ that came with it seriously; I stayed away from making portraits. It was a time when It was hard for me to manage the complexities of creating hands or toes, still I could make faces and correct body proportions.But was far off for creating a realistic skin tone.
And coming to the now, I see that creating a skin tone that resonates with life and ‘energy’ might be one of the many aspects of art that differentiate artists. Quite, yesterday was it when I stumbled upon a very very inspiring artwork by an unmentioned artist in that post. Here:
In this artwork, I see how the artist has applied his/her mastery of tonal variations. It might be devoid of ‘skin tones’, but I see that one’s experimentation of painting a rather metallic tone does indeed work very well.
Well, here a complete painting ( be uploaded later), this is how it formed:
The trace and the ‘base’ of colors, notice how bright and plastic-like it feels in this?
As I do love a wee bit of abstract qualities in all of my artworks, here the ends of the hair sharply blend with the background ( or negative-space). The skin is better now, finally adjusting the brightness and saturation to a value that agrees with the realistic qualities to be added in later stages and also the unsaturated-ness in this seems to promote importance of personality ( the poker-face expression matters too ).
And now finally the addition ( or illusion) of micro-pores ( which adds the semi-transparent qualities of skin), giving it a more ‘oily’ than dry feel. ( I unknowingly stumbled on this very important bit of information, if it was not for a tutorial on the internet, It might have had taken me much time to figure this out)
Created by Ibrar Yunus [ Spiffy ]
Titled as Dystopia ( Dark state, environmental-urban deterioration), a total of 3 and a half hours were spent in completing this digital painting. As always I used PaintToolSAI for this, as I wanted blending to be natural (as oil paints are). The idea for this came, after I came across a selective color painting by some artist on Facebook; his/her painting also used purple palette and I felt a sense of ‘royal’ and ‘dream-like’ feelings being emitted by that. Perhaps the fixed emotion ( not happy nor sad ) contributed to some extend to this, but the contrasting background (dark purple behind right purple) promoted this. So moving on, I chose ‘blending’ over ‘contrast’ as it gives ‘softness’ to the painting; even when bright or very dull colors are used. In my paintings i have noticed that colors them selves dont make a painting bright or dull; but they are relative on each other, a painting that uses very bright colors can appear very dull indeed, if the palette doesnt use any contrast.
The ‘figurative’ and ’emotional’ nature of this painting tell us about ones need to go out once in a while and ponder over the apparent darkness of a busy/crowded/mechanized place. This does not mean that darkness exists everywhere, but the thoughts of a ‘young’ mind about one’s survival in the ‘Practical World’. A scene depicting the time of the dawn is shown, as this is the time when the cold breeze brushes against you and one is fresh and ready to go out and then stop! ‘think about whats more to come?’. The butterfly depicts hope, and works as to counter the darkness of the city behind and the painting itself. The orbs add to the lightness of the sky (even though the sky is ‘in’ the background); this is a visual indication that ‘don’t look down and be frightened, keep your hopes high, look up! up at the bright sky; there are surely better things to come!’
As Étoile Bleue, the shades of purple here show ‘dream-like’ presence.
This concludes the detail analysis by the Artist himself. You are welcome to interpret this in your own way. 🙂
These artworks by emperpep ( http://emperpep.deviantart.com/ ), an anime/manga artist on dA are certainly more than worth a look. The artist’s art seemed to me like digital art, as it was too detailed and vibrant. Oil paints are often soft and yellowish, and with water-paints, I have little experience. So, now i see that water-paints can be used to create paintings that preserve the vibrancy and don’t get all dull as oil paintings ( though oil paintings have their advantages too). I can only wonder that how much time it would have taken to create a single piece…. One also, notices that although most of the paintings here display moon-light scenes, they still are clear as day, and not dark; the details are same as one would do in a daylight scene….
2 days ago, I started an oil on canvas painting on an idea that just popped up in my head at that time..Im creating more things and adding details as time passes….
I wanted to experiment with portraits as they are something, that still feel somewhat difficult me. Getting an exact expression or emotion is difficult..and an hour of painting, i came to this:
i got the ‘puzzled’ expression that I wanted, and moving on, I painted her arms differently, the extended (enjoying the rain) arm wouldn’t blend in well with the rest of her…
I wanted to a rainy scene, so I had to add slight semi-transparency; her arms may look bigger here and wider, but that is the illusion made by the glare of the sunlight and the partially blended dark out-lines made……
yesterday, i made the rest of the left side of the background.. And yup! Its starting to look great and the elements are blending with each together one at a time..
Browsing through deviantART i stumbled on these digital paintings by sanguisGelidus ( http://sanguisgelidus.deviantart.com/ ). There is an element of coolness in all of this paintings. the recently uploaded painting, titled ‘ the deep is mine’ and one called ‘Cold Stare’ show the most visible icy-ness. This cold feeling is not in a dark or evil sense, no, not at all; in fact they give a sense of being slick and modernism to his artworks.
Browsing his gallery feels—-refreshing; as one feels colder and feels a cooling breeze as one analysis the images one by one.
Traditional artists turning to digital painting often say that digital art feels artificial and ‘plastic like’, but one doesn’t see that here, although there is no softness of traditional art here; the artist has given a unique- quality of his own, given only in Digital Art…
I completed this sketch about a month ago, but totally forgot about uploading it since I’ve been mostly pre-occupied with making oil paintings.. I even haven’t done digital art in a month..Some how oil painting has just ‘grasped’ me…It just feels so fun to work with them..
So anyways, here is the sketch I did:
I’ve titled it as PAPER STORIES. This just came to my head at that time, and seemed intriguing. SO, I started off to create a paper sheet bursting in the middle, as I may have seen some artworks on Pinterest that influenced me to create this. Not a specific piece though. so after creating the sheet, I wanted something more in it, and got the idea to practice a wooden surface as I has never really created a wood texture before.. So after that, I still found it to be too ‘simple’, so I got an idea! Why not make it symbolic?! if you added font to the paper, and made it symbolic then it would totally work out.. So, in here, the paper sheet represents life and the boundary of understanding. the wooden surface represents another layer, and one may not be able to fully understand life beyond this. This is the limit! the fonts represent the states of life/emotion; hence
One can understand life, and its meaning to a limit. Beyond this, one may find nothing..or too much to understand